Epistolaries for Front Porches & Back Alleys

Epistolary is a fancy word to describe a poem that addresses someone or something—akin to a letter in poetic form. And who does the poet address more than themselves? Whether repenting the past, pining for the future or reckoning with the present, the poet is always, in some way, shape or form, in conversation with themselves. Every line is self-referential, every word spat back in the mirror. In this weekly, in-person drop-in class, participants will conjure past poems, experiences and dreams and flip them on their heads, revisiting pivotal moments from different points in our perpetual orbits around our life’s obsessions. We’ll use free-associative writing sessions to summon the deeper recesses of the self before splaying them on the mortuary table and getting our hands bloody. Sharing will be encouraged but optional. (Note that drop-in classes are not a forum for critique of work; students looking for critique should register for multi-week workshops.)

Drop-In Details


  • Teacher: Anthony Thomas Lombardi
  • Dates: Sep 30–Nov 18, 2023
  • Time: Saturdays, 1:00–2:00 pm
  • Location: 144 Montague
  • Cost: $25 GA /$20 for members

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Anthony Thomas Lombardi

Anthony Thomas Lombardi

Anthony Thomas Lombardi is a Best of the Net– and Pushcart-nominated poet, editor, organizer and educator. He is the founder and director of Word is Bond, a community-centered reading series partnered with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop that raises funds for transnational relief efforts, bail funds and mutual aid organizations, and he serves as a poetry editor for Sundog Lit. A recipient of the Poetry Project’s Emerge-Surface-Be Fellowship, he has taught at Borough of Manhattan Community College, Paris College of Art, Brooklyn Poets, Polyphony Lit’s Summer Editorial Apprenticeship Program and for community programming throughout New York City. His work has appeared or will soon in the Poetry Foundation’s Ours Poetica, Guernica, Black Warrior Review, Gulf Coast, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Massachusetts Review, North American Review and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their two cats.